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(Remember this, if people take the time to give you such time/feedback it’s because they care.)
It’s fair to say that many of us who are embroiled in this life where the training tick has bitten and firmly taken hold, that we all see ourselves are ‘that exception’.
This is referring to the things that we would tell other people, or our would-be clients if we are trainers.
Yielding our hard earned knowledge to others for their betterment is something many are more than willing do.
You’ll find it’s often pretty sound advice too.
If followed then plenty of progress will occur, in every sense of the word, and if the goal of ‘becoming the best version of yourself’ is to be believed then no one with that attitude would want to stay in the same place.
Knowing this though, knowing what we do, we still see ourselves differently.
Take something I’ve been speaking about again recently.
– Train 2-3 days per week with purpose
This really works wonders for people, especially when combined with any of the training protocols/suggestions you’ll find trawling through the archives on here.
Yet in regards to myself, training less and recovering more is something I struggle with massively.
As such methods to force rest, recovery and not going near places to train gets put in place.
Even then that doesn’t always stop me.
Many other people are like this as well.
The say one thing and do another thing entirely because enterally they don’t put themselves in the same bracket as the person they’re giving the advice to.
Talk about ego.
Physiologically humans are not that different.
As such recovery tactics, training modalities, even understanding the fine balance of chemicals in our body that regulate life, mood, feelings and everything else can be (are already) understood to the point that if we apply that knowledge logically and perhaps with the idea of process & elimination, we’d do all right.
Yet, we ourselves struggle to apply our wisdom to the person ho probably needs it most.
Why don’t you listen to your own advice?
What do you feel has taken you beyond the realm of all the people you connect with that means they should do things in XYZ way, yet you can do it differently because, well, you’re you.
It’s no wonder the general populous is frustrated.
Many go round in circles.
Habits are often the reason, in so much as when people go back to ‘what they know’ (even if it’s never really worked), it shows that they don’t trust in the process or plan/knowledge before them.
Same goes for you.
You don’t listen to your own advice because deep down you don’t really trust it, or perhaps you don’t have enough faith in your own ability, who knows.
When you read on here about ‘looking inwards’, it’s referring to being honest with yourself.
Setting aside pride, vanity and the person you try to portray you are to others and just being alone with yourself.
Often times you know what needs to be done (training wise).
Applying this knowledge, well, that’s the hard part.
You should investigate this thoroughly.
Take a look around your gym or current place you train.
Now ask yourself, why are you there?
What emotions are driving you to become better than you currently are, if that is intact the case.
After spending one lifetime in the gym, a lot has been seen.
So many failures, stagnations and regressions.
Most people hit their initial goal, they have their first and seemingly last hoorah, only then to spend any further time after they let their starting success slip by trying to get back to ‘where they were’.
A nobel notion, yet it’s still a foolish one.
Speaking from experience, trying to achieve or relive past glories just isn’t wise because everything is different now.
What you did won’t happen in the same way again, you can than the law of accommodation and GAS (general adaptation syndrome) for that.
You see our bodies remember what we did, they adapt and make is so that if we end up doing the sam things again it is less metabolically costly, meaning the results won’t be on the same standard as they were before.
None of this finding what works for you gubbins because what works for you is simply what works RIGHT NOW.
Thing stop working for a reason.
That reason is noted above, you adapted.
While you might really enjoy something if it yields not further result then it’s largely if not entirely a waste of time.
You’d have no hesitation in telling a child that once all their juice is gone from the carton that continue to suckle on it won’t magically produce more juice, same is true for your training, the only difference is that because you’re an adult you seem to have forgotten that the rules of life apply to you.
Another pitfall in doing what we did before, training or nutrition wise, is that we remember how it was and if it’s not up to par we mentally berate ourselves.
This also gives us a reason to fail as well.
Hours then get put into finding all the excuses as to ‘why’ progress can no longer happen, essentially we chase sympathy and pity from others, rather than dragging ourselves forwards out of the mud.
Mud is warm in some cases I suppose, so the appeal is logical.
If the above resonates with you then instead of going back to do what you did before, bin it all off and take another route entirely.
No excuses, no bullshit, just action.
Ask yourself, why am I doing this?
For what reasons emotionally do I want to progress?
Why do I need to be better?
Fond memories of the past should remain as exactly that, memories.
You’re not writing a new chapter because that book is done and now up on a shelf somewhere, it’s time to write a new story instead of repeating and rehashing the same sad old one.
If variety is the spice of life then why not seek change.
A new day has broken through the starlit canvass of night, and I think it’s going to be a good one.
Over the weekend a companion that has been with me for through thick and thin in the gym for the last 3 years has finally retired.
Training diary 13, it’s been a blast, now you can rest and thank you for all the wisdom you’ve shared with me.
A concise record of your gym antics is an essential tool.
Keeping track of the lads lifted, volume totalled, lifts made and missed, can give you vital information in regards to what worked, for how long, what you didn’t focus on enough and the things you need to be doing to progress.
While not everyone keeps a diary, most people these days do track what they’re doing.
Be this in the form of videos, photos, YouTube training complications or IG live, some tracking goes on.
It seems to be fashionable or heroic to say – “I don’t track, I remember it all.”.
Maybe they do, maybe they don’t, however it just sounds like ego to me.
Why think you’ve remember it correctly when you can KNOW you’ve remember it correctly because it’s immortalised in some form of tracking, like that in a training diary.
Many would rather talk a good game than record what actually goes on and have it written in stone.
Then again, stones too, can lie.
So today was a new training protocol.
I’ve opted for a 6 week modified Delorme protocol.
The Classic Delorme: 3x10x50-75-100% 10RM
^ A solid endeavour that really works if you give it a true effort, many will feel it’s not enough work however to me that means they’re not quite putting in a good effort.
^^ If you’d like to do the above yet feel it’s just not enough then still use the loading perimeters (50-75-100% 10RM) and use this rep protocol: 20-15-10.
So how does the version I am dong differ from the above?
Let’s take a look.
The Modified Delorme: 5×5-5-5 (50-75-100% 10RM)
Day 1: 5×5-5-5 (50-75-100% 10RM) – max series (up to 5)
Day 2: Match total successful series on D1 @5×50% 10RM
Day 3: Match Series on D1 @5-5×50-75% 10RM
– Two lift focus – Bench Press & Deadlift
– Up to 1min rest between 5’s, then 3min rest between series
– When 5 series completed with good form on Monday add load
You might be wondering where my other movements are.
Fear not, the Pulling, Squatting & Carries will be in at the end of the session as accessory work following a rep protocol that takes my fancy on the day.
This will keep total time training to a minimum.
Because for my own personal goals I need to break the old mindset of ‘train more’ that is creeping back in, my last training diary highlighted this was beginning to find its way back into my life again.
The above is only 6 weeks.
If I personally can’t stuck to that then what good am I to the world?
Sometimes we need to stay on a path and see the journey through to the end.
Too much hopping about has been apparent in my training.
Time to stop that.
So dear readers, do you have a training diary?
If yes, what has it taught you and if no, why do you feel you don’t need one?
Do share your thoughts below.